...Featuring Norah Jones
...Featuring Norah Jones
by Norah Jones
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2010 release, a collection of collaborations that Norah has been involved with over the years. Brooklyn-born singer/songwriter Norah Jones first captured the hearts of music fans globally with her 2002 debut Come Away With Me, blending Jazz and Folk with Pop hooks brilliantly. While her solo work has always been special, this collection shows off her appearances on records by the likes of Foo Fighters on 'Virginia Moon', Q-Tip on 'Life Is Better' and Belle & Sebastian on 'Little Lou, Prophet Jack, Ugly John'. Jones' ability to diversify her sound to span different genres is what makes this album such a treat.
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|Audio CD Release Date:||November 16, 2010|
|Studio:||Blue Note Records|
|Number Of Discs:||1|
|Average Customer Rating:|| based on 146 reviews|
|1. ||Love Me - The Little Willies|
|2. ||Virginia Moon - Foo Fighters featuring Norah Jones|
|3. ||Turn Them - Sean Bones featuring Norah Jones|
|4. ||Baby It's Cold Outside - Willie Nelson featuring Norah Jones|
|5. ||Bull Rider - Norah Jones and Sasha Dobson|
|6. ||Ruler Of My Heart - Dirty Dozen Brass Band featuring Norah Jones|
|7. ||The Best Part - El Madmo|
|8. ||Take Off Your Cool - Outkast featuring Norah Jones|
|9. ||Life Is Better - Q-Tip featuring Norah Jones|
|10. ||Soon The New Day - Talib Kweli featuring Norah Jones|
|11. ||Little Lou, Prophet Jack, Ugly John - Belle & Sebastian featuring Norah Jones|
|12. ||Here We Go Again - Ray Charles featuring Norah Jones|
|13. ||Loretta - Norah Jones featuring Gillian Welch and David Rawlings|
|14. ||Dear John - Ryan Adams featuring Norah Jones|
|15. ||Creepin' In - Norah Jones featuring Dolly Parton|
|16. ||Court & Spark - Herbie Hancock featuring Norah Jones|
|17. ||More Than This - Charlie Hunter featuring Norah Jones|
|18. ||Blue Bayou - Norah Jones featuring M. Ward|
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85 of 86 found the following review helpful:
With a Little Help From Her Friends Nov 16, 2010
By Rudy Palma
"The Writing Fiend"
A generous, well-oiled - though incomplete - sampling of Norah Jones' non-album collaborations with her colleagues, "Featuring Norah Jones" is an excellent compilation of wonderful work from the past decade. For fans of Jones who did not realize the great frequency with which she works as a guest and session musician - or lacked the wherewithal to hunt each individual track down - this disc is ideal.
There is quite a diverse array of artists on the disc - from Talib Kwali to Dolly Parton to Outkast - which might lead some to worry that "Featuring Norah Jones" sounds like a bunch of songs thrown together disjointedly. Fortunately, the tracks are sequenced in a way that not only feels natural, ideal for straight-through play, but that highlights Jones' versatility. She is an intriguing, deceivingly simple talent, and a fascinating common denominator.
A few tracks actually predate her "Come Away With Me" success, including the best track here - and still one of the best Jones has ever recorded - "More Than This," a collaboration with the exquisitely talented jazz musician Charlie Hunter from his 2001 release "Songs from the Analog Playground." The Roxy Music cover is blissful, elegant and everlasting in its arrangement, continuing to sound fresh, and Jones' emphatic, less-is-more vocal approach is instantly memorable. It is a track to savor.
The Grammy-winning "Here We Go Again" with the late Ray Charles is a slinky, R&B-flavored treat, even though it could have garnered a Grammy no matter how they arranged it. Tracks with Herbie Hancock and the Foo Fighters are also easy on the ears.
Jones' country leanings show her wide artistic pallete, but they are rather reigned in as opposed to dour, so they can be enjoyed by those listeners who prefer her cocktail jazz stylings. She harmonizes heavenly with Gillian Welch and David Rawlings on "Loretta" and waxes poetic with Ryan Adams on "Dear John," a 2005 collaboration from Adams' startlingly executed "Jacksonville City Nights" album. The results sound seamless, clearly the result of great labor and attention to detail. "Creepin' In," a folksy, lighthearted duet with Dolly Parton is the only track to repeat from a Norah Jones release.
Elsewhere, Willie Nelson oozes charm with Jones on "Baby, It's Cold Outside," a Q-Tip and Outkast collaborate to produce cool, trippy sounds on "Life is Better" and "Take Off Your Cool," respectively.
A sprawling, nicely woven collection, "Featuring Norah Jones" is everything it promises to be and more. Nicely complimenting her solo work, it entertains while affirming Jones' post-"Don't Know Why" worth.
32 of 37 found the following review helpful:
nice Nov 28, 2010
I dont know if I am unusual or not, but when Im listening to new music, if the song doesnt catch my ear or pique my interest within the first 30 seconds, then the next track gets played. I dont know that's just me. And, I've always thought that most albums only had about 4-5 decent songs on them and the rest were just fillers. Well, when it comes to this album, I was proved wrong on both of accounts. There were just a handful of songs (out of 18) that just didnt do anything for me within the first 30 seconds and by far most of them are worth listening to. I especially enjoyed her songs with Ray Charles, Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson, but then again I'm an old school kind of guy. This is an album of duets sung throughout her career over the past 10 years. Some of these duets, particularly Love Me with The Little Willies, leaves you wishing they would cut an entire album together. Other duets, leave you just asking `Why?'.
I've been a fan of Norah for a long time, enjoying her unique voice and comittment to pure music and voice. These aren't just leftovers from her past albums or merely Starbuck songs you gently brush away as you grab your mocha. These are glimpses into Norah's music mind and her diverse ability to relate to other genre's thru her music.
21 of 26 found the following review helpful:
Quite a mixed genre Nov 17, 2010
By Kristy Lawless
This cd has a few songs that I personally like. 'Bull Rider', 'Loretta', and 'Creepin' In' are all great songs if you enjoy older country. I'm a fan of her duets, but when she sings in general on a few of these songs, it's lacking individuality. They all start to mash together and it sounds too familiar. I also really liked that she changed it up and recorded songs with a few hip hop artists. 'Take off your Cool' and 'Life is Better' are both surprisingly good. Her voice sounds more soulful backing the hip hop tracks. There are some songs on here I thought I would like considering I'm a fan of the artist, but they fell short for me.
7 of 8 found the following review helpful:
Best album yet from Norah Jones Nov 23, 2010
Norah Jones never ceases to amaze me with her wonderful singing talent. This new album featuring the talents of other artists as well is truly fantastic and a must have not only Norah Jones fans but to anyone who appreciates great music. This album does not dissapoint.
9 of 11 found the following review helpful:
Eclectic Nov 19, 2010
Definitely an eclectic mix of songs and styles on this album. But, I don't think it gave justice to Norah's individual talent. Although it showed a diverse range of her talent, the styles all belonged to others. In my opinion, not her best work.
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